Pronating runners may want to look out for bunions

There are many factors that contribute to the development of a bunion, and certain combinations of causes may be especially dangerous.

Pronating runners may want to look out for bunionsRunners encounter a catalog of foot, leg and hip problems as a result of their chosen athletic activity, bunions and hammer toe being among them. 

If these individuals also happen to have an improper landing mechanic known as pronation - which is an inward roll of the foot when in motion - they may want to consider an investment in bunion splints or orthotics, since they are at a high risk of developing the deformities.

"From my experience, if you run over thirty miles a week, there is a good chance that even with good feet, unless you are very lucky, you will have some problems," said Burton Schuler, a Florida podiatrist.

Both running and pronation put added pressure on the joint of the big toe, likely leading to the development of a bony, inflamed bunion in susceptible individuals.

Luckily, bunion splints or orthotics may help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful, expensive bunion surgery

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